The last two British members of ISIS’s evil ‘Beatles’ gang have been captured in Syria.
Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, who were part of the beheading gang that included Jihadi John, were detained by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces in January.
They were named after the 60s band because of their English accents.
The pair’s fate remains unclear although the US would be keen to prosecute them as they were involved in the executions of at least three Americans.
The men could also have information about other hostages, including British journalist John Cantlie, who was abducted in 2012. Since he was taken hostage, Mr Cantlie has appeared in several IS propaganda videos.
The ringleader Mohammed Emwazi – known as Jihadi John – was killed in an airstrike in 2015 in Syria. A fourth man, Aine Davis, is imprisoned in Turkey on terrorism charges.
The four Londoners were linked to a string of hostage murders in Iraq and Syria during the bloody Islamist uprising. They also had a reputation for waterboarding, mock executions and crucifixions.
The US government said the group beheaded more than 27 hostages, including British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning, on camera.
El Shafee Elsheikh, 27, who was known as one of the brutal terrorists known as The Beatles because of his British accent, has been captured in Syria
Alexanda Kotey was from Paddington. In January 2017, US authorities named Kotey as a member of the cell and said they had imposed sanctions on him
A keen QPR fan, Alexanda Kotey (pictured far left, and right) was from a Greek Orthodox family. Neighbours say he was a ‘reserved, polite boy’
Unnamed US Officials told the New York Times that Kotey and Elsheikh were captured by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces which were fighting the last remaining pockets of ISIS fighters near the river Euphrates on the Iraq/Syria border.
It added that the men were identified by fingerprints and other biometric means.
According to the State Department, Kotey ‘likely engaged in the group’s executions and exceptionally cruel torture methods, including electronic shock and waterboarding.’
Kotey also acted as an ISIS recruiter and was responsible for recruiting several Brits to join the murderous organisation.
The State Department said ‘Elsheikh was said to have earned a reputation for waterboarding, mock executions and crucifixions while serving as an ISIS jailer.’
Former child refugee Elsheikh was a Spice Girls fan from White City in west London.
He supported Queens Park Rangers and worked as a mechanic. He worked in a garage while fixing funfair rides.